Today we’re heading in a different direction as far as topic, and we are going back to a previous topic covered previously in my blog covering the world of wrestling. Over the past weekend all division I wrestlers competed at their individual conference tournaments looking to see who would punch their card to the NCAA national championship held at the Scottrade Center In St. Louis, Missouri. Although many exciting things happened across the country this past weekend one of the major highlights was The University of Missouri recording their fourth straight MAC Conference team title. Coming of a shocking, and overall beat down of the previous number one team in the country, the University of Iowa Hawkeyes in the national team duals, in Iowa City. With this momentum, and the accomplishment of not only being crowned the undisputed number one team in college division I wrestling, but doing it in an almost uncontested, and incredible performance against the previous top ranked Hawkeyes at home.
This gave the Tigers a propelling boost of confidence going into Columbia This past for weekend. Racking up a new MAC Conference record of 139.5 total overall team points Mizzou swept the competition with Old Dominion who was no threat at all to the Tigers finishing second with a slim 97.5 points, followed by University of Ohio with 85.5 points finishing third, and the Kent State Golden flashing finishing fourth compiling 75.5 team points. The Tigers crowned five MAC individuals champions coming from number ranked Alan Waters at 125 pounds,(also named MAC Tournament Outstanding Wrestler) winning by decision 11-4, Zach Snyson at 133 with a decision 4-2, number one Drake Houdashelt at 149 by decision 5-2, number one ranked, and defending national champ J’den Cox at 197 with a decision 3-1, and heavyweight Devin Mellon the tenth ranked wrestler in the nation winning by 4-2. for more statistics on other place finishers head check out http://www.examiner.com/article/missouri-three-peats-at-2015-mac-wrestling-championships-with-five-titlewinners .
Over the past month or so this Mizzou team has real come on strong, and is showing that they have what it takes to make some noise come March 19-21 In St. Louis. Over the course of this season I don’t think that the Tigers have been given the proper accommodation that they indeed deserve. Led by three number one ranked wrestlers at 125, 149, and 197, as well as qualifying wrestlers at all ten weights, I feel as if the could quite possibly not only head back to Columbia with several All Americans, but maybe even several National Champions, but on top of that could possibly increase their likely hood of taking back a National Championship team trophy as well. Make sure to keep your eyes out for this Mizzou powerhouse of a team come March, 19.